The Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service will hold its monthly meeting at 7 tonight at the Jackson County Fire District No. 5 station, 5811 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix.

The Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service will hold its monthly meeting at 7 tonight at the Jackson County Fire District No. 5 station, 5811 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix.

The meeting will include a short business session, discussion on changes in the county emergency management structure, and training activities on emergency communications and message handling. Call 541-326-1422.

The annual Circus of Screams Halloween attraction is set to open at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.

Circus of Screams, at 9512 Highway 62, between White City and Eagle Point, will continue on Saturday, Oct. 19, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

The haunted attraction covers 6,000 square feet and features costumed actors, Hollywood special effects and horror-movie characters.

Admission costs $10; $7 if you bring a nonperishable food item. All donated food will go to ACCESS Food Share.

The LGBTQ Health Fair is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Planned Parenthood, 125 S. Central Ave., Suite 201, Medford.

Free screenings will be available for body mass index, blood pressure, vision and HIV, along with safe-sex counseling, nutritional education, Affordable Care Act enrollment and more.

For more information, phone Planned Parenthood at 541-773-8285.

A presentation on the history of African-Americans in Oregon will be given from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave.

The free event, "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon? A Hidden History," seeks to show Oregon's history of exclusion and discrimination, as well as a vibrant black culture that helped sustain several communities statewide. Portland State University author and adjunct professor Walidah Imarisha will lead the discussion.

A second presentation will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. the same day at the Rogue Community College Redwood Campus Student Center, 3345 Redwood Highway, Grants Pass.

Britt Festivals and South Stage Cellars are accepting applications for the third annual Rising Stars competition. Local musicians can compete for prizes that include an opening slot on the Britt main stage, a live show on Jefferson Public Radio and other prizes.

The music competition is open to acts consisting of one to four people performing a range of jazz, folk, blues, country, R&B, bluegrass, flamenco, classical and other genres.

Interested musicians can email video and photo links to or message South Stage Cellars on Facebook. Applications also can be picked up at South Stage Cellars, 125 S. Third St., Jacksonville. Deadline is Nov. 15.

Twelve acts will be selected to perform weekend shows at South Stage Cellars' tasting room, beginning Feb. 1. Audiences can vote for their favorite musician for $2 per vote at the shows.

The final rounds will be held March 1 at the Britt Pavilion, and the winner will be chosen by a combination of audience votes and a panel of judges.

Proceeds from audience votes will benefit Britt Festivals' music education programs in local schools. Past Rising Stars competitions have raised more than $20,000 for local nonprofit organizations.

Author and birding guide Harry Fuller will teach birding classes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 17 and 24, at North Mountain Park Nature Center, 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

The classes will cover winter birds along the Interstate 5 corridor and Klamath Basin, and will include two field trips from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 19 and 26.

The $25 cost includes both lectures and field trips. Register online at or call 541-488-6606.

Compiled from staff reports